Joseph W. Riley – New Principal at PCHS

At their June 6th meeting, the Pocahontas County Board of Education approved Joseph Riley’s requested transfer from being Principal at the Marlinton Middle School to being the new Principal at Pocahontas County High School. In addition to his new Principal duties at the high school, Riley will assume additional duties at the school. He will be the Coordinator of the School-to-Work Program, the Vocational Education Director and the Distance Learning Facilitation and Alternative Education Coordinator at the high school.  For these additional duties he will receive an annual supplement of $6,000 above his Principal Salary which is determined by the County Administrative Salary Schedule. Paying Riley a supplement for these extra duties represents a huge savings for the Schools over having to hire personnel to fill each of those jobs.

In other actions, Superintendent Beam announced the new PCHS Student Representative to the Board of Education, Kayla Gibson, and asked Kayla to give a 30 minute speech introducing herself –which drew laughs from all present except maybe Kayla.

“I am an upcoming senior at PCHS” said Kayla. “I’m your new Student Representative. I am excited to work with you guys this year. After I graduate, I want to be a nurse and specialize in cancer. And I want to go to Ohio State.”

The Board approved various vendor payments, local government purchasing card charges, budget adjustments and extra duty pay for the month of May.

Since the board will not meet in regular session again until July 11th, the Board members voted to grant permission for the School Superintendent to pay bills, make budget adjustments and fill positions until that next meeting when the Board will review these moves and authorize them retroactively if they concur with them.

They approved the County Board of Education to join the West Virginia School Board Association for the next fiscal year.

The Board members approved a contract with Kay Wiley to train William J. Brown, the new Driver’s Education Teacher over the summer at a cost of $20.00 per hour for 12 hours. It was pointed out that Brown is required to receive this training and it will be done considerably cheaper here by Kay Wiley then it would cost if Brown attended the classes given in Charleston.

They approved 3 policies which have completed their 30 day public comment period. They are:

1.GBQC Critical Need policy –Substitute Teachers

  1. KCB/LEBA – the Parent Involvement Policy
  2. IKM – the Dual Credit Advanced Placement Policy.

These policies can be found under the “Policy Manual” tab on the Pocahontas County Board of Education Web Page -

They also placed the proposed policy on PCHS Graduation Requirements on a 30 day Comment period.

They approved David L. Moore, Jr. as a Volunteer Golf Coach at PCHS and Patrick “Cully” McCurdy as a Volunteer Soccer Coach for both boys and girls- at PCHS.

They approved the Board of Education Meeting Schedule for the 2016-2017 school year.

They approved an agreement with WVU for University Student Pre-Service and/or student teachers for the upcoming school year.

Following a lengthy Executive Session to discuss it, they approved a personnel agenda which can be found on our website,

The Board members congratulated the Marlinton Middle School Archery Team for being selected for the World Finals after finishing 30th in the United States National Archery competition. They will compete in the World Archery Tournament in Myrtle Beach South Carolina on June 23rd, 24th and 25th.

Finally, the Board Members and all present gave Board Vice President, Cheryl Beverage a standing ovation as this was her last meeting before leaving the Board after 4 years of distinguished service on the Board of Education.

Here is a link to the Personnel Agenda


Story By

Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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